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Natural Home Remedies For Color Damaged Hair

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We as women always think about the happiness of our near and dear ones and can go to any extent just to make them smile. We bow down to their needs and care for them with unconditional love but how often have we shown that amount of unconditional love towards our self?   However, if you are being true to yourself are u really taking care of yourself? Your skin, your face and most importantly your hair?

I don’t think words would suffice to describe how much our hair means to us. It completes us and we want to be perceived in that light. From brushing it at least thrice a day since our childhood to hardly paying attention as we grow up. Are you really doing justice to your hair? We have all heard of Rapunzel. Her long and shiny locks have been the center of attention and also the root cause of disaster but when she cut off her locks, I am pretty sure all of us have felt the pain. What if the same thing will happen to you someday? Are you strong enough to deal with the trauma? No, right. So, its high time that we pay attention to the crowning glory of our life, our hair.

In this 21st century of modernization, we have adapted to different lifestyle changes. Accordingly, our hair has also gone through transformation stages where dyeing our hair is the latest fad among us. Low-lights, highlights, balayage you name it we have it. However, everything comes at a price and so does coloring our hair. It may look cool to flaunt and helps you give a new identity or maybe helps in liberating yourself but we cannot ignore the harm it does to our hair. So, in this article we are going to focus on the natural home remedies to help you restore the shine, luster and the volume of your hair.

Planning On Taking The Big Step? Then Here’s What You Need To Know!

So, now that you have decided to take the big step here are a few points that you need to keep in mind so that you can prepare yourself in a better way.

  • Intensive and Thorough Research:

Before buying a dress, we go through several options then try it out to find out which one suits you the best while complimenting your body and accentuating your curves. Similarly, before coloring your hair you should opt for proper consultation in salons with hair experts who can guide you in various aspects like whether the color will compliment your skin type or will your hair be able to sustain the changes. Be accustomed to the color terminology like ombre, somber, balayage and make proper choice after understanding all the options and be patient.

  • Changes in Lifestyle:

Keep in mind that you will have to go for more salon appointments which will later burn a hole in your pocket if it is way out of your budget because if you want to go for a drastic change in color then one salon trip is not going to be enough and let’s keep in mind the maintenance. Well, literally everything comes at a price. You won’t be using your normal shampoo and conditioner and you cannot go for extensive application of hair styling products as it will have an adverse effect on your hair.

  • The DIY Project:

If you have virgin hair aka hair that has never been treated before then let me give you a head start do not experiment on your hair at home because it could turn into a disaster which you cannot undo. However, if you are keen on doing this then it is always advisable to use safe dyes than permanent dyes, box dyes or bleach. Get proper tools and take appropriate precautions. Always go for a patch test and remember that what you see on the box you may not get the desired result so don’t be disappointed.

Now That You Have Done It, Next What??

I am sure that after talking to experts you will come across a variety of tips and recommendations regarding the next step to maintain those shiny and beautiful locks that you have newly acquired. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind after you have freshly gone through a transformation.

  • It is always advisable not to wash your hair immediately and wait for 48 hours because now the cuticles of your strands have opened up and the color pigments will take time to penetrate into your hair. So, unless you want the color to fade away soon do follow this step.
  • Invest on proper hair products. You may have to switch over from your normal shampoo and conditioner and go for clarifying shampoo which is sulfate free so that the chemicals won’t be harsh on your hair along with a moisturizing conditioner.
  • Limit your exposure to the sun because it may not act as your best friend at this time. You also need to minimize the application of heat on your hair like less use of hair styling appliances like straighteners and rollers or you can scarves, hats and headbands.
  • Do not go overboard while you are oiling your hair or do not stop oiling it in the name of westernization. Once a week is always recommended which includes oiling your scalp. Always remember the more oil you use the more shampoo you will have to use which will result in fading of color easily.

Pros And Cons Of Coloring Your Hair:

When we look into the mirror, we tend to notice the flaws within us first. We start thinking of how we could have been better and it starts with our look. So, basically everyone aspires to look good, to feel beautiful not on the inside but also on the outside. Everyone likes being the center of attention so I guess experimenting with your look and taking a chance would not hurt anyone. The fashion industry is changing rapidly everyday with the onset of new trends every other day. Dyeing your hair is one such classic trend which can never get old and here your age does not matter. However, no matter how healthy your hair is you will be a victim of dry and damaged hair. Like the two sides of a coin here we are going to discuss the pros and cons that come with subjecting your hair to chemicals.

Pros of your new look:

  • If you are tired of seeing the same person everyday in the mirror who has the same old boring hairstyle then maybe this is your chance to rejuvenate yourself. This can help in shaping your personality and enhancing your beauty. Maybe you will gain your confidence, the one that you had lost long ago.
  • Explore the color wheel and push the boundaries. You don’t have to go for the cliche colors that you see everywhere else. Open yourself and you will see a plethora of options that are available out there.

Cons of your new look:

  • Be careful in choosing the options that fit right into your budget otherwise the expenses of salon appointments might burn a hole in your pocket. Once you have taken the step towards rejuvenating yourself you have to deal with the maintenance which proves to be difficult at times maybe due to your budget or maybe due to the busy schedule.
  • One of the most common problems that many women complain is the thinning of hair, degradation of luster and shine from your hair. The thing is some may face it to a severe extent and some lesser than that but sooner or later your hair may not be in your favor always.
  • As you subject your strands to chemicals or bleach eventually it becomes weak from the roots which gives a dull look to your hair and also makes them brittle and dead.

Nature has always been kind to us in one way or the other. With advancements in technology we are paving our way towards making our life easier with new inventions and discoveries. For every problem we are always ready with a solution but sometimes these solutions backfire on us. Similarly, no matter how much we spend money on hair styling products, creams, chemicals and masks we cannot completely ensure that yes, we will regain our smooth, shiny and lustrous hair that we used to flaunt with so much of zeal and enthusiasm.

Since time immemorial natural remedies have always proved to better than these chemical products that we use. These are much more efficient and inexpensive where it fits right into your budget and does not hamper your busy schedule at all. They have long term effects and always deliver the best results with longer life and vitality to your hair. As a responsible inhabitant of mother Earth, you should contribute to the environment by becoming proactive so do try out these natural home remedies that we are going to share with you.

Tips To Repair Color Damaged Hair:

1. Aloe Vera and Neem oil:

Be it any problem related to your face, skin or your hair Aloe Vera always come to the rescue and is regarded as a universal solution for everything. It is a plant with thick leaves which constitutes gel-like substance inside it which is the main part. It consists of Vitamin A, C and E which promote healthy cell growth and restore the luster and shine to your hair. It is easily available in almost every other pharmacy or even better you can grow your own plant. You can also cut a small part of the leaf and rub the gel on your scalp which will help in cleansing the hair follicles and can extract the sebum that is present as a residual of the products that you use.

Neem is considered as a medicinal tree and neem oil is a byproduct of that. It is rich in anti-oxidants, triglycerides, Vitamin E and etc. These help in regeneration of skin cells which promote a healthier scalp and eventually healthier hair.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Aloe Vera gel
  • 3-4 tbsp neem oil (according to the length of your hair)

Time: 20-30 minutes

Directions of Use:

  1. Take 2 tbsp of aloe Vera gel and 3-4 tbsp of neem oil and mix it well to achieve a smooth paste.
  2. Take this paste and apply it to small sections of your hair and massage your scalp gently.
  3. Rub it smoothly from the scalps till the ends as damage occurs from tips as compared to roots.
  4. Let it sit for 20 minutes.
  5. Wash off using shampoo and conditioner normally.
  6. You can use this method every 15 days. If you have more damaged hair then you can use it once a week to get best results.

2. Honey, Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil:

As we know honey is a natural softener which has anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-septic qualities. These help in strengthening the hair follicles and keeps your hair moisturized and makes it shinier. It also prevents damage to the scalp and keeps it free from bacteria.

Coconut oil has been our constant companion since childhood which also reminds us of the unconditional love of our mother who used to apply it frequently on our hair to keep it healthy. Well it is a blessing for women and works for all hair types. It penetrates deep into the follicles and enhances hair growth and is also regarded as one of the most effective conditioners among others.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp aloe Vera gel

Time: 20-30 minutes

Directions of Use:

  1. Take 1 tbsp honey,2 tbsp coconut oil and 3 tbsp aloe Vera gel in a bowl and mix it well until a creamy consistency is obtained.
  2. Use this paste and apply it on your hair where it spreads evenly from roots to tips.
  3. Give yourself a head massage for 2-3 minutes and massage the roots gently.
  4. You can tie your hair in a bun or simply let it sit for 20 minutes.
  5. Wash it off normally using shampoo and conditioner.
  6. You can try this twice a week for two weeks to get the results.

3.Hair Mask using Banana:

Here banana is the key ingredient as this potassium rich fruit has immense healing powers. It contains folic acid, carbohydrates and vitamins which helps in moisturizing your dry hair and also promote healthy growth. It also prevents split ends and breakage. On an overall you can trust this ingredient to transform your dull and damaged hair to healthy and glossy hair.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey

Time: 1 hour

Directions of Use:

  1. Take one ripe banana and blend it well in the blender otherwise it will create a sticky mess on your hair.
  2. Put the mash in a cloth and tie it properly and squeeze it well to extract the cream present or if any chunk is left.
  3. Combine it with 2 tbsp coconut oil and 2 tbsp honey and mix it well.
  4. Take this paste and apply it using small sections of your hair and cover it properly from scalp to ends.
  5. Let it sit for 60 minutes.
  6. Wash off normally using shampoo and conditioner.
  7. Depending on the texture of your hair use it once a month to get the best results.

4. Olive oil, Unsalted Butter and Rosemary:

Olive oil is considered healthy for our body  as well as for our hair. It contains oleic acid and palmitic acid which has softening properties. It penetrates into the hair shaft and preserves moisture which in turn adds softness and strengthens your hair.

Butter may not be considered healthy in your diet but they are a good   solution when it comes to your hair. It moisturizes your hair and nourishes them.

Rosemary is a very common and accessible herb. It is anti-bacterial which helps in cleansing hair and also contributes in increasing the shine. It also stimulates and improves circulation to the scalp thus promotes hair growth.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (you can also ghee as a substitute)
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Directions of Use:

  1. Take ½ cup of olive oil, 2 tbsp unsalted butte and 1 tbsp dried rosemary in a pan and heat it for 5 minutes.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair shafts section wise and then let it sit for an hour.
  3. Wash it off normally using shampoo.
  4. You can use this once every two weeks to get best results.

5. Simple Conditioning with Olive Oil:

We discussed the benefits of olive oil but little do we know that we can also use this without including any other ingredient.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

Time: 20-25 minutes

You can also go for simple conditioning with olive oil. The amount depends on how deeply you want to moisturize and also on the volume of your hair.

Directions of Use:

  1. If you want to cover your entire head then you need at least 1/4th cup of olive oil.
  2. Massage the oil gently on your roots for a few minutes covering the scalps equally.
  3. For effective conditioning you can cover your hair using a shower cap to let the oil soak for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Use a wide-toothed comb to comb your hair before you shampoo the oil out.
  5. Wash off the oil using shampoo (the more the oil the more shampoo will be required).

6. Butter as a moisturizer:

Just like we discussed above regarding how butter acts as a moisturizer and nourishes your hair it can be simply used to massage your hair.

Ingredients:

  • Unsalted Butter

Time: 1 hour

Directions of Use:

  1. Take a portion out of the unsalted butter depending on the length and texture of your hair.
  2. Let it sit in the room temperature for a few minutes so that it can effectively spread on your hair and will help in moisturizing properly.
  3. For effective use you can cover your hair using a shower cap for an hour.
  4. Wash it off normally using a mild shampoo.

7. Avocado Hair Mask:

Since ancient times avocado has been used as a natural moisturizer. It contains fatty acids, vitamins and minerals which help in restoring the shine and luster of your hair and also promote hair growth.

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk

These ingredients when combined together are hydrating and helps in nourishing your hair.

Time: 4-5 hours

Directions of Use:

  1. Take the half avocado and blend it properly in a blender so that no chunks are left.
  2. Add 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp coconut milk and mix them well by hands or you can use blender.
  3. This mixture is applied to sections of your hair individually and then let it sit for 2-4 hours depending on the damage of your hair.
  4. Wash it off normally using shampoo and conditioner.

8. Banana, Coconut Oil and Egg:

You are aware of the health benefits of egg but you may not be aware that the proteins and vitamins present in it such as vitamin A and D which make your hair resistant to damage. They are also used in the treatment of hair loss or to treat dried scalp.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 whole egg

Time: 40-50 minutes

Directions of Use:

  1. Take one ripe banana and blend it well so that no chunks are left otherwise you will be left with a sticky mess on your head.
  2. Add 2 tbsp coconut oil and 1 whole egg and mix it well until smooth consistency is achieved.
  3. Apply on your hair covering the scalps properly and then let it sit for 40 minutes.
  4. Wash it off normally using shampoo and conditioner.
  5. Depending on the texture of your hair use it once a month to get best results.

9. Egg Yolk and Olive Oil:

You can use this combination as a hair mask to get the benefits where you will get a good moisturizing treatment.

Ingredients:

  • ½ or ¼ cup olive oil
  • Egg yolk

Time: 1 hour

Directions of Use:

  1. You can take ½ or ¼ cup of olive oil depending on the length and texture of your hair and how effectively you want to moisturize.
  2. Mix it well with an egg yolk and apply the mask to your hair using fingers.
  3. Make sure to cover the scalp till the ends properly and let it sit for an hour.
  4. Wash it off normally using shampoo and conditioner.

10. Honey and Milk:

We know about the anti-oxidant properties of honey which help in strengthening the hair follicles and keeps our hair moisturized. Well milk is also one such power packed ingredient which consists of vitamins, calcium and proteins which combine to restore the luster and shine of your hair and also helps in strengthening the structure.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of whole milk(warm)
  • 2 tbsp honey

Time: 30-40 minutes

Directions of Use:

  1. Take 2 cups of whole milk and add 2 tbsp of honey and then stir it well to get a good mixture.
  2. Pour it over your hair and let it sit for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Wash it off normally using shampoo and conditioner.
  4. You can use this treatment once a week to get best results.

While applying the mixture or using the treatments as a hair mask make sure to use gloves as a precaution.

These natural remedies will act as a boon for your hair and will give your wrecked tresses a new life. However, as they say “Patience is the key” you have to be patient while using these remedies and cannot expect them to act immediately. Always remember that damage does not occur overnight similarly do not expect to get long and shiny hair free of split ends and dry scalp overnight. Give them time to heal. If you could take a chance by opting for a different look to follow in the footsteps of modernization then do not forget to use these home remedies which trace back to the roots of your culture as well as your hair.

The first step towards self- love starts with getting comfortable in your own skin. When you look in the mirror instead of noticing your  flaws try to give attention to the good things about you. You may not be perfect in terms of looks but don’t let it shatter your self-confidence.

“Everything that glitters is not gold”. When you look good you may be the center of attention for a while but remember that confidence that new identity you have newly acquired where you feel like the queen. Do not lose that for anyone else. Be the reason for your happiness.

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